The Freedom in Tech Alliance was founded in 2018 with the ultimate goal of shaping the culture shared by entrepreneurs, founders, and those working in the technology industry in such a way that ensures the maximum benefit to the people around the world.
Keagan Wernicke is an entrepreneur, marketer, and political advocate. He started his entrepreneurial career after unenrolling from college and sold his first company, GroupThreads, an e-commerce platform, in 2017. Keagan currently runs his own digital marketing agency, Moonshot Marketers. As President of FITA, he now advocates for free markets within the technology industry and a culture that respects first amendment principles.
Matt BellCo-founderChairmain Of The Board
Matthew Bell first entered politics as a grassroots campaign organizer for the Bush/Cheney re-election campaign and intern for the RNC in 2004. He has led a career in the technology industry that spans over a decade, starting in the NY tech scene, and now calls Austin his home. He was the founder of BrewDrop, a mobile tech company which he sold to delivery.com in January 2016. Today he runs a boutique consulting firm where he focuses on helping startups and private equity portfolio companies grow and achieve operational efficiency. He is a rare libertarian voice in the left-leaning technology industry, and is determined to bring about lasting impact.
Nick VirdenCo-founderDirector Of Operations
Nick Virden has centered his life around politics, and after graduating from UT Austin, pursued his passion: programming. Nick was a grassroots organizer, coalition builder, and agent of cultural change after rapidly growing Young Americans for Liberty's UT Austin chapter to 150 members and co-organizing events with both Republican & Democrat student groups. Seeing a lack of diversity of political opinion and diminishing respect for liberty in the tech space, he co-founded FITA to employ his expertise to correct the cultural course.
Nick SpillerAustin, TexasChapter Director
Nick has long been a champion of startups and entrepreneurs. He is a co-founder and partner at the Genesis Fund and founded the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency. Nick Spiller has built a career in the technology industry and currently helps startups with fundraising as the Investor Relations Associate at Capital Factory. Previously, Nick was a Market Launcher for Favor.
Andrew Chang-GuCo-FounderProgram Director
Andrew Chang-Gu has had a lifelong passion for technology and government. He has long been fascinated by the intersection of these two domains. As a college student at UT Austin, he was the head of a cryptocurrency fund at the Texas Alternative Investment Group, exploring the then-nascent technology and its ramifications for economics and society. In his current career as a cybersecurity consultant, he helps the world's top companies solve their most difficult cybersecurity problems. As a co-founder, Andrew brings a passion for technology and protecting the liberties of individuals in cyberspace.